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The Railway (Licensing of Railway Undertakings) Regulations 2005

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Monitoring, suspension and revocation of European licences

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8.—(1) Subject to paragraph (5), this regulation applies to a railway undertaking to which a European licence has been granted by the ORR.

(2) If at any time the ORR considers that there is serious doubt whether a railway undertaking complies with a requirement referred to in Schedule 2, it may take such steps as are necessary to enable it to determine whether or not the undertaking does so comply.

(3) If, having taken the steps referred to in paragraph (2), the ORR is satisfied that a railway undertaking does not comply with any such requirement, it shall revoke the European licence held by the railway undertaking or suspend it.

(4) The ORR shall revoke a European licence if—

(a)proceedings have been commenced for the winding up of a railway undertaking on the grounds that the undertaking is unable to pay its debts, or

(b)an application for a railway administration order has been made in relation to the railway undertaking under section 60 of the 1993 Act on the grounds that the undertaking is or is likely to be unable to pay its debts,

and the ORR is satisfied that there is no realistic prospect of satisfactory financial restructuring of the undertaking within a reasonable period of time.

(5) Where the ORR is satisfied that there is serious doubt whether a railway undertaking to which a European licence has been granted by a licensing authority other than itself complies with any requirement of the 1995 Directive, it shall without delay so notify that licensing authority; and in this paragraph, the expression “European licence” means a licence granted pursuant to any action taken by an EEA State for the purpose of implementing the 1995 Directive.

(6) Where the ORR has suspended or revoked a European licence solely on the grounds of the non-compliance by the railway undertaking with the requirements of financial fitness specified in Schedule 2, the ORR may grant to the undertaking a temporary European licence pending the re-organisation of the railway undertaking.

(7) A temporary European licence under paragraph (6) shall not be granted—

(a)where the ORR considers that safety would be jeopardised, or

(b)for a period exceeding six months.

(8) Where a railway undertaking to which a European licence has been granted has either ceased the operations to which the licence relates for a continuous period of six months or, subject to paragraph (9), has not commenced such operations within six months of the date of such grant, then the ORR may either require the railway undertaking to resubmit its licence to the ORR for approval or suspend the licence.

(9) When making an application for a European licence, or where the ORR has required a railway undertaking to resubmit its European licence in pursuance of paragraph (8) on the grounds that the railway undertaking has not commenced such operations, the railway undertaking shall be entitled to request that a period longer than six months be granted in which it can commence operations, taking into account the specific nature of the services to be provided.

(10) In the event of a change affecting the legal situation of a railway undertaking, in particular following a change in the control or ownership of the railway undertaking as a result of a merger with or take-over by another undertaking, the ORR may require the railway undertaking to submit the European licence to the ORR for approval.

(11) Where a European licence is submitted for approval pursuant to paragraph (10), the railway undertaking may continue operations whilst its licence is under review unless the ORR decides that safety is jeopardised by the change referred to in paragraph (10).

(12) If the ORR decides that safety is jeopardised by that change, it shall notify the railway undertaking of its decision and of the grounds for it.

(13) When a railway undertaking intends significantly to change or extend its activities from those in respect of which a European licence was granted to it, the railway undertaking shall submit its licence to the ORR for review.

(14) When the ORR amends, suspends or revokes a European licence it shall forthwith inform the European Commission of such amendment, suspension or revocation.

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